The primary style taught is HAPKIDO but students will also learn techniques from other
martial arts such as Judo, Jujitsu and kickboxing. Our curriculum is designed to develop
a well-rounded martial artist that can perform in all areas of the martial arts such as
striking, kicking, clinching, standing and ground grappling.
Please refer to the curriculum tab for a more detailed explanation of what we teach.
George Popofski is the owner and instructor of the Aero Academy. He has over 25
years experience in the martial arts, primarily as a student and instructor of the art of
Hapkido. He has also trained in Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. All classes
are taught by Mr. Popofski.
You should always ask if a qualified instructor is teaching classes. Some schools may
rely on other students to teach classes.
How are classes run?
Although a certain level of discipline is expected and enforced (especially for the
children’s class), classes are run in relaxed manner. We encourage students to ask
questions and provide their input (at the appropriate times). We do not run a “boot
camp” type of class nor do we punish students with pushups or other forms of exercise
but instead try to motivate students through the use of positive reinforcement.
Every martial art instructor has their own method of running a class and some can be
very strict. You should always view a few classes and see the instructor in action to see
if their teaching style is right for you or your child.
Please call for our current monthly rates. Our prices are very reasonable and we offer
discounts for additional family members.
Your first payment is due at the school upon enrollment. Thereafter, tuition is billed on
a monthly basis in advance and payments are made to our third party billing company
(regular monthly payments are not collected at the school).
Payments can be made through an automatic monthly billing to either your
checking/savings account or to your credit/debit card. Using this automatic payment
plan reduces our time spent on collecting and tracking payments so that we can focus
on providing a quality learning experience for our students.
Currently we offer 2 classes per week. If your schedule does not allow you to commit
to two classes per week or you can only train sporadically, we will work with you to
come up with a reduced rate or a per class rate that is suitable for your needs.
Your membership at the Aero Academy is on a month-to-month basis and you can
cancel your membership at any time. To cancel your membership, simply contact us
15 days before your next monthly payment is due so that we can notify the billing
company to stop payment before your next due date.
Many schools use contracts that obligate you to pay for 1 year or more, even if you
decide you do not want to continue classes there. If you are under a contract and stop
paying, these other schools will send your account to a collection agency or otherwise
try to collect the unpaid amount remaining on your contract. We do not engage in
these types of practices. We want to earn your commitment, however we realize that
everyone’s desire or ability to train may change so we offer an easy way to cancel your
There are no testing or belt fees at the Aero Academy.
Other schools usually charge testing fees that can range from $25 to $75 for each
promotion testing (which typically occur every 2 or 3 months) and can go into the
hundreds of dollars for black belt promotions. At the Aero Academy, students receive
their promotion, new belt, and a certificate all at no additional charge. This results in a
significant cost savings for our students.
You should always ask what are the testing fees, if any, before enrolling at any martial
We do not require students to participate in any tournaments or purchase any other
equipment except for their uniform.
Some schools attend tournaments regularly (which may require fees to enter) and may
require that you purchase special tournament uniforms. Some schools also require
their students to purchase sparring equipment, weapons or other training gear to be
used in regular classes.
Students are eligible to test for promotion after reaching a minimum number of classes
for each rank. All testings (except for black belt) are done during regular class times.
Students are encouraged to bring family and friends to watch testings. More specific
testing information will be provided to the student upon enrollment.
Our classroom atmosphere stresses respect for your training partner and not on who is
toughest. Safety and control is emphasized in everything we do and students are
constantly reminded that they are responsible for their training partner's safety. We
have top quality mats designed for the type of training we do and spend a lot of time
practicing breakfall techniques so students do not get hurt when practicing throws or
other takedown techniques.
Depending on the style of martial arts being taught, some schools practice on harder
“puzzle” mats that are not designed for throwing or grappling techniques. Some may
even practice on carpeted or bare floors. Make sure that the training floor is
appropriate for the type of martial art being practiced.
Our small classroom size limits the number of students we can have in a class so you
are assured that you or your child will receive one-on-one attention from the
Before joining any martial art school you should ask what the instructor to student ratio
is so that you are sure you will be receiving the proper attention and instruction you
deserve (and are paying for) and that you won't be lost in a sea of students in a large
The following “frequently asked questions” will give you more information about
the Aero Academy and can be used as a checklist of questions you should ask
before joining any martial arts school.
Aero Academy of Martial Arts
12610 Harris Street | Carleton, MI 48117
Located on the first floor inside Sherry's Academy of Dance